In­juries stall se­lec­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

THE Townsville Black­hawks will leave it un­til the 11th hour to de­cide whether a hand­ful of big names make the trip to Win­ton this week­end.

The Black­hawks named the same 17 that thumped the North­ern Pride for Satur­day’s Coun­try Week clash against the Ip­swich Jets, although se­ri­ous doubts sur­round the avail­abil­ity of cen­tre Jordan Drew ( leg) and Ross Bella ( con­cus­sion).

The pair were taken off the field dur­ing the 32- 10 win over the Pride at Jack Man­ski Oval, which was the Black­hawks’ sec­ond last home game of the Queens­land Cup sea­son.

There is an up­side, how­ever, with hard­work­ing for­ward Daniel Beasley a chance of re­turn­ing af­ter fail­ing a late fit­ness test on his ham­string in­jury last week.

“At this stage we’ve named a sim­i­lar side, although Daniel Beasley is prob­a­bly a chance,” Black­hawks op­er­a­tions man­ager Adrian Thom­son said.

“We’re still giv­ing Jordan un­til late in the week to prove his fit­ness, and the same goes for Ross.”

Black­hawks half­back Michael Parker- Wal­she is also in doubt for Satur­day’s clash af­ter miss­ing last week­end’s Fo­ley Shield show­down through a shoul­der in­jury he picked up against Norths a fort­night ago.

Parker- Wal­she was re­placed at No. 7 by Cow­boys al­lo­ca­tion Kyle Lay­butt, who formed part of a new- look halves com­bi­na­tion last week­end with Kier­ran Mose­ley.

“We want to make sure he ( Parker- Wal­she) is 100 per cent and we won’t be play­ing blokes if they’re not fully fit,” Thom­son said.

“We’re try­ing to get to the stage where we’re get­ting as many play­ers back to play hope­fully the next eight weeks for us.”

The Black­hawks slight favourites to Jets on Satur­day.

They have won their past six games and the Jets lost to Easts Tigers 24- 20 last week­end, although the teams have en­joyed a keen ri­valry which in­cludes Ip­swich’s 2015 grand final vic­tory over the Black­hawks.

“Ip­swich are go­ing to be a re­ally tough game out west and I wish we were play­ing a Burleigh, Easts or some­one like that at Win­ton,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

Satur­day’s kick- off in Win­ton is 6pm. will beat be the

UN­DER A CLOUD: Jordan Drew ( right) is re­cov­er­ing from a leg in­jury. Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

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